Desert Wisdom: “Easting” (2)

Facing east when praying is also a symbol of our salvation history.  Bunge notes that “the East” symbolized Paradise (p. 60)—our original home.

When facing east, the early Christians were personifying their faith that through Christ, we are delivered from the consequences of the Fall and being restored to the relationship with God we were originally intended to have.

In early Christianity, the “tree of life” came to be interpreted as the Cross, so facing east was also putting full faith in Christ’s redemption.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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